When I arrived and settled into my room. I got ready and went downstairs to find my way over to the registration for the TBEX conference. I didn't realize just how large the conference center was. It was HUGE! By the time I received my registration kit and badge, I started back. It was so difficult for me to walk all the way back to the hotel and up to my room. At times, I didn't think I'd make it. I mentioned to the TBEX team that they should include details for peoples with disabilities about the possible need to rent an electric. Thankfully the hotel concierge Callum came to my rescue. He researched electric cars until he found me one and had it delivered it Friday evening. So I was ready for Saturday's TBEX event.
It was AMAZING! I drove down to the conference area and saw so many people doing various things like talking, walking, eating, reading and meeting with sponsors. I had a chance to meet sponsors from SPG rewards and I was able to inform them of the terrible troubles with the Sheridan chain in getting my rewards put on my account. I hope they will be able to resolve this because I really love Sheridan hotels.
During the Open Market, I was able to meet with so many wonderful sponsors and hear about their services and what they bring to bloggers and for visitors to their. I received some lovely gifts like t-shirts, squeeze balls, luggage tags, pens, chocolate and so many more items. We were provided a fabulous lunch right in the extremely large room opposite to the Open Market with sponsors. I have to thank the wonderful sponsors who made this event a success. It is a great travel bloggers conference. An incredible opportunity for so many bloggers and sponsors to get together and see how we can help each other.
I got to meet Dave and Deb who were the Keynote Speakers for the afternoon. It was so informative and educational. I spoke with sponsors from Ireland who were entertaining and informative. They told me that the "red head gene" is dying out. There will be a gathering this August which could be the very last one. Without red heads marrying red heads, we will see this gene disappear. I have a red head daughter and the colour is so unique. I hope red heads get together to keep the gene going. So for those who are Irish and red head, you might want to go to Ireland for the possibly last gathering of Red Heads. The next TBEX conference will be in Dublin in October 2013. The last one was in New York.
I drove back to my room, hoping I could rest enough to attend the Expedia Red Carpet event happening on the Island from 7 to 10. I didn't make it but I did re-tweets from those who were there. I am so looking forward to Sunday when I meet with sponsors during our "speed dating" where we get a chance to talk for 8 minutes before I move on to my next one.
I took some pictures and I hope you enjoy it. I can honestly say that if you ever get a chance to attend a #TBEX conference, then do it! You won't regret it. Thank you to the entire TBEX Team for putting together this wonderful conference and thank you so much to the incredible sponsors. You're awesome!
Enjoy the pictures from the Island while waiting for the ferry to come take us to the "main land".